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Tokyo Paralympics: Powerlifter Sakina Khatun ranked fifth

Indian powerlifter Sakina Khatoon finished fifth in the women’s 50kg category at the Tokyo Paralympics on Friday.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist had put in a best effort of 93kg.

China’s Dandan Hu claimed the gold medal with a best effort of 120kg, while Egypt’s Rehab Ahmed, who lifted 120kg, and Great Britain’s Olivia Broome (107kg) took silver and bronze respectively.

32-year-old Khatoon lifted 90kg in her first attempt. She lifted 93 kg in her second attempt but was unsuccessful. She managed to lift 93 kg in her third attempt.

Khatoon is the only Indian woman Paralympian to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 by winning a bronze medal in Glasgow. She is also a silver medalist of the 2018 Para Asian Games.

Powerlifting is open to athletes with a marked physical impairment in their legs or hips, which would prevent them from competing in capable (standing) weightlifting.

There is only one sport category in powerlifting, but athletes compete in different weight categories.

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